BC-AP News Digest 3 am


Here are the AP’s latest coverage plans, top stories and promotable content. All times EDT.

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TOP STORIES

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NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA — Investigators are trying to figure out what led to Omar Mateen’s murderous rampage in a gay dance club where patrons say they knew him as just another regular who danced and sometimes tried to pick up men. A number of possible explanations and motives for the bloodbath have emerged. By Jay Reeves and Eric Tucker. UPCOMING: 900 words by 4 a.m., photos, videos. With NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-PUERTO RICO — Puerto Rico mourns, prepares to bury those killed at club; NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-FLORIDA-VICTIMS VIGNETTES.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-WIFE PROFILE — Noor Zahi Salman was a sweet, pretty California girl with Palestinian roots who left an arranged marriage only to find love with a man who committed the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history. By Garance Burke, Holbrook Mohr and Mitch Weiss. UPCOMING: 800 words by 4 a.m., photos.

NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING-AFGHAN AMERICANS — News that a man born in Afghanistan attacked a nightclub in Orlando sparks horror, sadness and for some a fear of reprisals in Fremont, California — the home of the largest U.S. population of Afghan-Americans. By Kristin Bender. SENT: 650 words, photos, video.

ALLIGATOR DRAGS TODDLER — Authorities are searching for a 2-year-old boy who was dragged into the water by an alligator near Disney’s upscale Grand Floridian Resort & Spa. By Joshua Replogle. SENT: 220 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated as developments warrant, video.

GOP 2016-TRUMP-MEDIA — Donald Trump seems to be perpetually mad at the press — but there’s a method to his mad-ness. He sees little downside to bashing the media, and plenty of potential benefits. By Nancy Benac. SENT: 870 words, photos. With CAMPAIGN 2016 — In wake of Orlando attack, classic Trump returns to campaign; 2016-ELECTION RDP — Clinton wins D.C. primary, meets with Sanders.

SOUTH CHINA SEA-ARBITRATION ADRIFT— Even before a ruling, China may have already lost in the court of global opinion by steadfastly refusing to cooperate with a U.N. arbitration tribunal over its South China Sea claims. By Christopher Bodeen and Jim Gomez. SENT: 1,200 words, photo.

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WHAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT

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DAILY FANTASY SPORTS-MERGER — Daily fantasy sports experts suggest the time is right to merge DraftKings and FanDuel, as the rivals fight for survival amid greater regulatory scrutiny. SENT: 800 words, photos.

OAKLAND-DOWNTOWN SHOOTING — Police in Oakland, California, say a 16-year-old girl has died after being shot in the city’s downtown area. SENT: 160 words.

PENGUINS PARADE — Huge turnout expected at Pittsburgh Penguins victory parade. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 11:30 a.m. parade.

PHILLIES-HOWARD-BOTTLE — Man to take class after throwing bottle at Phillies’ Howard. SENT: 110 words. UPCOMING: photo.

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INTERNATIONAL

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EGYPT-ECONOMY — Price hikes in Egypt are taking much of the joy out of Ramadan, the Muslim holy month when families traditionally break the dawn-to-dusk fast with lavish feasts. SENT: 600 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-IRAN-KERRY — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in Norway, where he will meet Iran’s foreign minister over renewed Iranian complaints it’s not getting the sanctions relief it deserves under last year’s landmark nuclear deal. By Diplomatic Writer Matthew Lee. SENT: 500 words, photo.

BRITAIN-EU-POLLS & BOOKIES — To gauge whether Britain will vote to leave the European Union, the smart money is looking to the bookies instead of pollsters. UPCOMING: 850 words by 5 a.m., photos, video.

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NATIONAL

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GAY PRIDE-EXPLOSIVES ARREST — An Indiana man who says he was headed to a gay pride event had a loaded assault rifle with magazines rigged to allow 60 shots to be fired in quick succession, along with 15 pounds of chemicals mixed and ready to explode, according to police in California. SENT: 650 words, photos.

PORTLAND’S ZOMBIE HOMES — City officials in Portland, Oregon, want to foreclose on so-called “zombie homes” for first time in 50 years as the city grapples with a swelling population and skyrocketing home costs that are locking new homeowners out of the market. SENT: 850 words, photos.

VERMONT LAWMAKER-SEX CHARGES — State Sen. Norm McAllister, suspended by his colleagues from that post after sexual assault charges were filed against him, faces a two-day trial. SENT: 250. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.

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HEALTH/SCIENCE/TECHNOLOGY

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HEALTH OVERHAUL-PREMIUMS — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, says a study reinforcing reports of sharp increases around the country in election season. SENT: 590 words, photo.

US OPEN-VIRTUAL REALITY —Now that virtual reality is the latest craze, Fox Sports is offering VR streams from the U.S. Open at Oakmont. By Sports Writer Rachel Cohen. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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BUSINESS

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JAPAN-UNIQLO — Japanese clothing company Uniqlo, hoping to become the world’s biggest apparel maker, is hiring foreign talent and engaging in arty collaborations as it seeks a fashion identity of its own. By Business Writer Yuri Kageyama. SENT: 960 words, photos.

FEDERAL RESERVE — With the Federal Reserve considered sure to leave interest rates alone when it ends a meeting Wednesday, Fed watchers will be seeking clues to the timing of future moves. By Economics Writer Martin Crutsinger. SENT: 690 words, photo. UPCOMING: Developing from 2 p.m. Fed policy statement, then 350 words by 2:45 p.m.

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SPORTS

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NBA FINALS-LOVE — Kevin Love has had some great moments in his two years with the Cavaliers, but chances are LeBron James and Kyrie Irving will need some help if Cleveland is to finish off this NBA Finals comeback against Golden State. By Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds. SENT: 700 words, photos.

HOWE-FUNERAL — Gordie Howe has drawn some of the biggest names in hockey, including Wayne Gretzky and Gary Bettman, to the Motor City to celebrate his life and legacy. By Hockey Writer Larry Lage. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing from 11 a.m. funeral.

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HOW TO REACH US

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At the Nerve Center, Jerome Minerva can be reached at 800-845-8450 (ext. 1600). For photos, Wally Santana (ext. 1900). For graphics and interactives, Dien Magno (ext. 7636). Expanded AP content can be obtained from http://www.apexchange.com. For access to AP Exchange and other technical issues, contact [email protected] or call 877-836-9477.

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